Federal funding is pumping nearly $4.5 million into the Lake Albert Water Sports Precinct

Lake Albert

Wagga Wagga City Council received $4,493,776 in funding from the Federal Government for the development of Lake Albert. Photo: Michelle Krol.

A federal grant will inject nearly $4.5 million into the development of Lake Albert Water Sports and Event Precinct.

Wagga Wagga City Council (WWCC) has received $4,493,776 in funding under the Federal Government’s Growing Regions Program.

Wagga Mayor Dallas Tout welcomed the announcement.

“It’s fantastic,” Cr Tout said. “It’s something that’s been going on for a long time for elected officials and staff.

“We’ve got the money, we’ve got the plan and now we’re going to do a detailed design and get started on that… and we’ll have this done in about two years.”

WWCC is one of 40 successful applicants to the first round of the Growing Regions Program, which received total funding of approximately $207 million from the Australian Government initiative.

The first round funding will be used to develop the Lake Albert Water Sports and Event Precinct by installing pumps and pipelines, remediating the waterfront and upgrading Lake Albert’s existing dam and spillway system.

Cr Tout said WWCC funding would be matched to build infrastructure that would allow 1800 megalitres of water to be pumped from the river to the lake annually.

“It will also enable the remediation of more than two kilometers of foreshore to address erosion issues and improve the existing weir and spillway system.

“These works, once completed, will ensure that Lake Albert has a consistently high water level, allowing a wide variety of water sports and events to be held within the area.”

WWCC’s $8.987 million contribution to the project will be funded from the council’s internal reserves, which were previously limited to future infrastructure development.

Ben Creighton, the council’s manager of urban growth and regional assets, said the funding announcement would allow the council to move forward with a long-planned project.

“The pipeline will enable the municipality to consistently deliver high-level water to Lake Albert,” Creighton said.

“The municipality received a permit twelve months ago that allows us to pump 1,800 megaliters of water into the lake annually. This pipeline will essentially be the infrastructure that will make that happen.

“Lake Albert is an incredibly important asset to the city… and it has been a focus for us to deliver this infrastructure and maintain water levels.”

Mr Creighton said the council continued to work on the ongoing algae problem at the lake.

“We completed a pilot this summer and the final report will come to council about a month later,” he said.

“We will look at the results of that trial in terms of what further measures we can take along with refilling the water to the lake to ensure we can continue to tackle the algae problem in the future.”

Riverina Member Michael McCormack welcomed more than $10 million in funding under the Growing Regions Program, which will deliver new community infrastructure in Wagga Wagga, Cowra and Parkes.

“I am very pleased that the communities of Wagga Wagga, Cowra and Parkes will receive a share of over $10 million to support local community development and economic infrastructure,” Mr McCormack said.

“This project (Lake Albert Water Sports and Event Precinct) is absolutely vital, and I was pleased to be able to support the council in its efforts to secure funding for it.

The Federal Government’s Growing Regions Program supports local government agencies and established not-for-profit organizations to deliver capital projects in regional and rural Australia that support community socio-economic outcomes and regional priorities.”

Original article published by Shri Gayathirie Rajen on Riverina Region.